Panty Shots and Drinking Pee – This is Funny?

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How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno Episode 1 Review

I actually ended up quite enjoying a lot of the short anime I watched in 2018. Space Battleship Tiramisu (season one), Skull Face Bookseller Honda-San, and Voice of Fox all entertained in their own way even if none of them are vying for position of best anime of the year. Short anime are their own thing and with limited run time they do what they can but by nature the stories they tell and their approaches are different. And a lot of short anime are gag comedy which is a genre that just doesn’t really appeal. How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno, as the first short anime I’ve come across in 2019 is exactly that and the episode left me wondering if perhaps I just missed something because even by gag standards it was pretty sad.

While plenty of people are discussing the problems of including slavery and rape in a story without dealing with the larger social consequences, it feels to me like this anime with its focus on a socially inept girl trying to somehow convey that she likes the boy, without saying it, and ending up in situations where she’s lifting her skirt up in the name of science, is a lot more immediately problematic than the fantasy repercussions of an isekai rape accusation. The thin pretence that her ‘device’ was perfect and wouldn’t allow the boy to see her panties (or lack of them because she declared she was wearing none) doesn’t actually change the fact that the set up here is that the boy is looking up this girl’s skirt and taking notes, and she is actively encouraging him to do so.

How Clumsy You Are Miss Ueno Episode 1

Part of my issue here is that the setting is supposedly a real world junior high club room in which case I’d first wonder where the supervisor is for this club. Secondly I’d wonder why we’re supposed to swallow not one, but three completely socially inept characters that somehow all come together.

How Clumsy You Are Miss Ueno Episode 1

Finally, I’d wonder who thought opening on a gag about drinking pee (purified or not) was somehow a brilliant move. Because if that’s the best you’ve got this show is in for a rocky ride.

I’m suspecting I’m not the audience for this one, though I will probably watch the second episode just to see if the jokes get any better or if the characters start vaguely appearing like more than just grotesque caricatures of overly-worn tropes, but pretty sure I’m not sticking this series out.

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Karandi James
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